Looking to jumpstart his career, information technology executive Kevin Pilgrim made a strange request of his boss at Oklahoma’s First United Bank. “I went to my CEO and said, ‘I want to go to banking school,’” Pilgrim recalls. “He looked at me funny and said, ‘Why do you want to go to banking school? You’re in IT.’” That exchange about five years ago, and subsequent support from his CEO, proved to be prescient. Pilgrim, now the chief technology and information officer at Lone Star National Bank in McAllen, Texas, put himself on a path to stay ahead of a major...
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